Landslide Damages Suva Flea Market; 20 Vendors Forced To Relocate

No injuries as flooding happened while market was vacant

By Losalini Bolatagici

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Oct. 12, 2016) – About 20 vendors at Suva Flea Market were forced to vacate their stalls yesterday after a landslide bulldozed through the walls, causing flooding.

The landslide is understood to have happened on Sunday night damaging facilities as well as products.

Wati Koroi, who owns a tailoring business, said lucky the incident occurred on Sunday night when the market was vacant.

"Most of my materials were wet and muddy from the landslide," she said.

Neomai Bulivakarua's second-hand business was badly affected.

She said her stall was right beside the hill and most of her products were damaged or buried under the soil.

"We are taking most of our clothes and equipment home to be washed before they are again on sale," she said.

Some business owners had their traditional products such as masi, mats and salusalu damaged. The vendors were there temporarily to allow renovations at their old location to take place.

However, the landslide has again shifted them back to their original stalls although renovation works still ongoing.

Market mistress, Ilisapeci Salaiwalu said they were waiting for a report from Fiji Roads Authority, which is responsible for the piece of land where the landslide occurred.

"We are the victims here. We need to get the report first before any work could be done in the area. Only two stalls were damaged while the rest were only affected by the flood water," Ms Salaiwalu said.

Stall owners pay $72 a week for individual stalls.

Fiji Times Online.
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